Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Penang, Malaysia
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Depends on oil used. Dun know about the V since it is still new to me. On the 250R Ninja, when the oil is beaten to near death, the gear shifts will begin to act up especially during the warmer parts of the day. Viscosity has been sheared down by 1 SAE Grade (from xW40 to xW30). Then I know, it is time to change.
I had some mystery oil when I got the 250R, it being used, the shop did the oil service for me before it was delivered to me. Thought they put in good stuff until at 1500km, I had difficulty getting the right shifts. Thought the bike may have some issues but it has only been used 4000km lifespan. I didn't change the oil, and it got worse on the shifting especially on hotter part of the day. Mornings are ok. Got the oil changed 1800km later, and what a difference it made. The new oil was Motul 5100 and I think it is a counterfeit product but it lasted 4k km and begin to show sign of difficult gear shifts. Switched the oil to Fully Synthetic, the shifts went back to normal, and lasted me at least 4500km consistently and I couldn't see how long it can go as i sold the bike and got the V.
For me, 5k km as standard unless the gear shifting is no longer per my expectation. It's good to consistently use 1 type of brand for oil as you will know how long it can last approximately. I can't tell if the V is picky on the gear shifts when the oil has been shear mutilated. I am assuming it does.
Present Ride: Yamaha Super Tenere 2012
2011 to 2015 2011 Versys Spark BlackKawasaki Ninja 2010 to 2011 250R 2008 Plasma Blue
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Last edited by 2daMax; 09-27-2011 at 02:35 AM.